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Mobile Bay LPGA Classic Preview & Pairings

After a brief one week break, the LPGA resumes its schedule this week with the playing of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. This will be the first of four consecutive weeks that the LPGA will be staging a tournament.

This will be tournament #10 of 28 on this year's schedule.

Here are the key details:

Course:  RTJ Golf Trail , Magnolia Grove, The Crossings
Location:  Mobile, Alabama
Defending Champion:  Stacy Lewis
Winning Score:  68-67-67-69 = 271 (-17)

Final Field: 144 Players
Par:  36/36 = 72
Yardage:  6,521
Purse:  $1,200,000

Here is the official Digital Program, that the LPGA has provided.

My strength of field rating is a very low 53%, as many of the top players are sitting this one out. In fact only 9 of the top 20 players on the LPGA Priority List, and 7 of the top 20 players on the Rolex Rankings, will be participating. The list of players not playing this week, include the following:
Inbee Park, Na Yeon Choi, Yani Tseng, Ai Miyazato, So Yeon Ryu, Suzann Pettersen, Shanshan Feng, Mika Miyazato, Cristie Kerr, Paula Creamer, Catriona Mathhew, I.K. Kim, Candie Kung, Se Ri Pak, Juli Inkster, Natalie Gulbis, Morgan Pressel, Gerina Piller, Lizette Salas, Danielle Kang, Caroline Hedwall, Carlotta Ciganda, Jee Young Lee, Ayaka Uehara, and Karin Sjodin (whew!).

Here are the television times:
May 16 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST (Tape Delay)
May 17 - GC 6:30 PM-8:30 PM EST (Tape Delay)
May 18 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM EST
May 19 - GC 5:00 PM-7:00 PM EST

Here are the Pairings for the first two rounds.
Here are my picks for this week:
1- Stacy Lewis
2- Ariya Jutanugarn
3- Karine Icher
4- Anna Nordqvist
5- Hee Kyung Seo
6- Jiyai Shin
7- Karrie Webb
8- Azahara Munoz
9- Amy Yang
10- Lexi Thompson
11- Jessica Korda
12- Beatriz Recari
Be sure to check back here for updates after each and every round. Links to live scoreboards are always available at the top of this blog.

Other Tidbits:
Ariya Jutanugarn will be in the field as a sponsor exemption.

Sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open, which will be held at  the Sebonack Country Club in Southhampton, N.Y., will continue this week. For results (sometimes not very timely), here is the link to the official USGA results page.

On the Other Tours:
Lee-Anne Pace won the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open. It was her 6th L.E.T. win in the last 3 years. Lee-Ann finished one stroke ahead of Carlotta Ciganda, Charlie Hull, and Minea Bloomqvist. Christel Boeljon finished 2 strokes back.

Hiromi Mogi won the JLPGA's first major championship of the year. Lydia Ko and So Yeon Ryu, finished in a tie for 4th.  Inbee Park, who was never in contention, withdrew late in the second round. There is a full report on this event over at Mostly Harmless.

Over on the Symetra Tour, Laura Kueny was the winner of the Symetra Classic by one stroke over a trio of players which included LPGA player Alena Sharp. It was Alena's second start of the season, and second 2nd place finish.

Rolex Movers of the Week:
Hiromi Mogi moves from #77 to #52, while Lee-Anne Pace jumps up from # 104 to #79.

Update - FINAL RESULTS:
1Jennifer Johnson-21F
2Pornanong Phatlum-20F
2Jessica Korda-20F
4Jiyai Shin-19F
4Ariya Jutanugarn-19F
4Karrie Webb-19F
4Anna Nordqvist-19F
4Chella Choi-19F
9Stacy Lewis-18F
10Hee Kyung Seo-17F
10Lexi Thompson-17F
12Beatriz Recari-16F
13Mo Martin-14F
13Azahara Munoz-14F
13Thidapa Suwannapura-14F
13Mariajo Uribe-14F
13Eun-Hee Ji-14F
13Sydnee Michaels-14F
19Lisa McCloskey-13F


For results of all players, see the live LPGA Scoreboard Link at the top of this page!





Comments

  1. That is quite a list of players taking the week off!


    Cannuck

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  2. Not much competition for Stacy Lewis.
    Watch out for Ariya Jutanugarn.

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